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William Douglas commented on James Izatt's blog post Cockpen Douglas and potential links to Edinburgh
"I don't think that these are 'your' Magdalen Murray, but I assume a connection somewhere. Source: Scots Brigade in the Netherlands 1645 June 5Contract between Magdalen Murray, relict of Mr Patrick Murray,commendator of Incheffray,…"
William Douglas commented on James Izatt's blog post Cockpen Douglas and potential links to Edinburgh
"Umm I cannot see Alexander as a son of the Bishop. He apparently had four sons, Robert, Sylvestor, James and William. Robert Douglas (d unm 13.03.1746, minister of Bothwell) Sylvester Douglas of Whytriggs or Whiteriggs (d 1729)Sylvester Douglas of…"
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"Welcome to our group, Harold. What more can you tell us about Sir Richard? Who is he?  Where did he live? Profession?  Anything to put meet on the bones will be useful to work towards answering your question. Yours aye, William"
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William Douglas commented on James Izatt's blog post Cockpen Douglas and potential links to Edinburgh
"There is a lot here to keep track of, but my initial reaction is: a. Have you tracked the PLACES on a map?  That might show a pattern. b. There are some interesting name spellings.  I cannot type, so errors regularly creep in, but…"
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William Douglas commented on Steven Douglas Lukefahr's blog post Alexander Douglas
"This is a random unevidenced connection, but how did Alexander Douglas McNeely get his name? Alexander McNeely, 1792 - 1816Alexander McNeely was born in 1792, in North Carolina, to James McNeely and Margaret McNeely (born Braly).James was born…"
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William Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Douglas families in Ireland
"Does anyone connect to this family?  In particular, Samuel? There are several places called Lissan in Co Tyrone. One is a townland in Drumragh parish. There are no Douglas households in it in Griffiths Valuation (1859) or in the 1901 census,…"
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Clan Douglas Society of North America Newsletter

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 12:06 0 Comments

I have just seen an advanced copy of the CDSNA newsletter - all 86 pages of it!

If you are not on the mailing list, now would be a good moment to join.…


A Douglas Valentine's Day

Posted on February 13, 2021 at 20:00 0 Comments

The heart has always been important in Scottish history, but nowhere is it more important than in Douglas history.

In 1298 when Lord John Balliol died, his grieving widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway, had his preserved heart placed in an ivory casket which she then carried everywhere with her. When she died, she was laid to rest at Sweetheart Abbey clutching her husband's heart. That's not the only heart-wrenching tale though, Melrose Abbey was so beloved by Robert the Bruce that it was…


Douglas Corner Cafe closed after 33 years of music making

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BREAKING: Longtime Songwriter Hotspot Douglas Corner Closing Permanently -

Douglas Corner Cafe, a premier Nashville venue that has hosted performances by artists as varied as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Guy Clark, Kevin Costner, Jon Bon Jovi, and Neil Diamond, closed its doors for good after 33 years. A key destination in the city’s Eighth Avenue South neighborhood, the club has been shuttered since March 15th 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Nashville’s subsequent stay-at-home order.

Douglas Corner owner Mervin Louque, a one-time…


UK New Year Honours 2021

Posted on January 5, 2021 at 16:58 0 Comments

Congratulations to the following for their appointments in the New Years Honours

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

William Barry Douglas OBE. Concert Pianist. For services to Music and to Community Relations in Northern Ireland. (Lurgan, County Armagh)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Robert Peter Douglas Miller. For services to Wildlife Conservation in Scotland. (Haddington, East Lothian)

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Best wishes for Christmas to you all

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Christmas 2019

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At 13:50 on February 5, 2021, Karen Douglas said…

hello, when I try to look at the link it goes to a weblink that says it is not secure. Any idea why that is? thanks

At 23:09 on January 28, 2021, Jan Douglas Elder said…

Thank you for the warm welcome, William.

Yes, I am finding Archibald to be a mystery which prompted me to do further research rather than rely on others for "facts." I have done a DNA test as well as my 97 year old aunt. She is my father's older sister. I often call to see what else she might remember. She has done much research over the years. When their father left them during the depression they became alienated from the family somehow. Her knowledge is limited and there is no one left to share. I will now begin researching  my great aunts and uncles and their descendants and try to work up from there. I believe many headed to the Midwest.

Our part of the Douglas's are from the Nashville, Tennessee area. My father Alfred Ewing (Jr) was the only son of Alfred Ewing Douglas (Sr) He also had two daughters, my aunts. We are many decedents coast to coast with several DNA tests...much to still unravel. I have my work cut out for me so any help is welcome and appreciated. I also need to learn to navigate your awesome website so patience please!


At 17:49 on December 22, 2020, John Band said…

The Spella House home of Percy and Mary (Band) Douglas is the one you have found in Lower Boddington.

Do you realise this might disappear in the HS2 construction?

sorry to have taken so long to reply - I haven't been to the "Douglas " site for years!

Best wishes, John.22.12.2020.

At 13:27 on December 13, 2020, Tommy Douglas said…

Yes, which is unfortunate because I cannot go back any further.

At 20:26 on December 12, 2020, Timothy Bernard Douglass said…

  Hello William,

Thank you for the welcome,greatly appreciated! I reached out to Brad Bosley. I look forward to being a part of this group. are you a board member or administrator?

At 1:51 on November 7, 2020, Robyn Ann (Douglas) Travis said…

Hey there y'all! I am new to this site and in my research for more info on my family. I am not sure which way to go, so I will start at what I know as the beginning of our little spot in the world. I know some about my Mom's family, and not a lot really about my bio-dad. Douglas was my Mom's maiden name. She was a divorced, single mom when I came a long. I was given her name. So, MY earliest knowledge is of Goldie Vonetta Chitwood (my grandmother aka Mamaw) and Raymond Robert Douglas (Papaw). They "courted" as teens in Anthras, TN. Not sure of exact year but I "guesstimate" that it was around 1920 or so. They married young and began a family. My Mamaw stayed home with her kids and worked the land around their small one room house. Papaw was a hard working coal miner, active in the community and was a deacon at a small church in Anthras. They ultimately had 9 living kids. I am not 100% sure of their order, but I will try to list what info I know below:

Larry Kyle Douglas ( I think he was eldest. He served in the military as a young man. He has several wives over the years. Once he left the military I believe he moved to Lancaster, Ohio to be with his wife? Not sure of profession)

Phyllis Douglas-I think she was second born. She also ultimately married young to Billy Joe Letner, also from TN. They too moved to Ohio. They both were "Evangelical Missionaries". As far as we know they did not leave the country much. They have a daughter named Cindi Ogg who is still living. 

Doris Douglas, unsure of birthday, unsure of middle name/initial. Also married young to ....last name Hemenway (not sure of spell). Has a daughter, Kimberly and a son that passed away young, named Barry Hemenway. 

So sorry to end at an odd spot. My battery is dying on me and on my laptop! Hopefully be back tomorrow! Goodnight from TN!

At 21:58 on October 1, 2020, Jennifer Drechen Spence said…

Thank you but I am looking for where he was born and birthdate as well as his parents.  He just appears in Virginia about 1700.  It’s like he jumped there from an unknown place.  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.  

At 20:42 on October 1, 2020, Timmy Douglass said…

William, thank you for the greeting and the information, but after I put the info in, I returned to studies and realized that I was relying on flawed data from a family member. The earliest ancestor I can follow is James David Douglass of Virginia born around 1723. His son John William was married to Mary Bryan whom upon John's death at the battle of Blue Licks in Kentucky(1782), married the surveyor Ralph Morgan. I have been working at this off and on for about 10 years and find it as satisfying as I do frustrating. I'm hoping that I can get some insight from my fellow Douglas'. Cheers.


At 17:15 on September 8, 2020, Terri Ward said…

Oh my gosh yes! This is my family! 

At 5:51 on August 16, 2020, Michael A Douglas said…

 My DNA!!! Atleast I know in the Douglas ftdna project my kit is 925754 and I have 1 match r1b group95. I tested for Y111 but I noticed a huge DYS425 is 0 null which is rare, my match is also null. Everything about that null value is pointing to Ireland.  On all of FTDNA matching my closest for 111 is 8 gd away so FAR and is not a Douglas.

   On to the next, on familysearch (I've seen referenced on this site) it says Johan Rosie Douglas is my 4th cousin -2X. Going back to William 1780 and Ann Elder

he was by records only 13. I thought boys had to be 14 and girls 12 to marry.  I only mention it as I see questionable ages all the time what about anyone else?

 I descend from  Williams younger brother Alexander (1793) or Williams 2nd son (1795). I say that as the only piece of proof of Alexander in Milwaukee is a 1850 Census stating his age is 55. 




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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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